Tag Archives: Western

Western District News & Notes, June 2017

“Bruce’s Babblings” – Notes from our District President My life recently has been one of comings and goings. I am excited to rejoice with Greg Behrend, Ben Lippert, and Mandy Mastros (from the Eastern District) who have recently graduated from Moravian Seminary. Greg and his wife Amy are expecting their first child toward the end […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center seeks Executive Director

Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This position has the responsibility for overseeing the total camp and retreat operations. The preferred candidate will have a deep Christian faith, passion for working to make a difference in the lives of others, and a desire to serve. Mt. […]

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WD News & Notes, January 2017

Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I hope you all had enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It was different for me as it was the first time in 25 years and the first time in 26 of the last 27 years that I was not in front of a church helping to lead […]

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Western District News & Notes: November 2016

Bruce’s Babblings by the Rev. Bruce Nelson, President, Western District Executive Board Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Psalm 19: 1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  (New International Version) This verse has always had special meaning for me.  However, it took on even greater […]

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Western District Spring Conference, April 21-23, 2017

Our Changing World…Same God A conference to help equip Christian leaders to talk positively about their faith. Sponsored by the Moravian Church Western District Christian Education Commission. April 21-23, 2017 Olympia Village, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin www.olympiaresort.com Cost: $175 per person double occupancy (single: $275; couple: $350; commuter: $125) Early Bird Discount:$25.00 off if you register and pay […]

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Keeping Time shares Rev. Brian Dixon’s creative beat

A review by Deborah Appler, Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Director of MATS Program at Moravian Theological Seminary In Keeping Time, Dances to the Beat of a Different Drummer, Brian Dixon’s comfort with the spiritual dance floor is reflected in the deep wisdom and faithful love that pours out through the songs, poems, parables […]

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Honoring 150 Years of Freedom (Moravian)

On Sunday, December 22, 1866, a group of resolute German settlers in rural Freedom, Wis. gathered to organize a new church. Thirty-four men and women representing 14 charter families gathered in a crowded cabin to ignite the spark that would become Freedom Moravian Church. With the influx of Mecklenburg Germans to Wisconsin in the mid […]

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Western District Synod 2016: Making plans to meet “Aspirations for the Future”

When the 110 delegates from Western District congregations and agencies arrived at Mt. Morris for their 2016 Synod, many were pondering the District’s “Aspirations for the Future.” Three days later, many were on their way home having made commitments to see those aspirations come to light. The 2016 Synod, held for the first time at […]

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Western, Canadian Districts elect new leadership at 2016 Synods

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

At this spring’s 2016 Synods of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District and Canadian District, delegates elected leaders to guide their Districts through the next four years.

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Unionville Moravian draws community in to celebrate quiltmakers’ work

Members of Unionville Moravian Church in Unionville, Mich. discovered that a quilt show was a wonderful way to draw in a community and honor the women who made them. Organizers chose the theme “A Celebration of Quilts and Their Makers” to commemorate the wonderful group of quilters from Unionville Moravian who had a long tradition […]

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Western District News & Notes, May 2016

FROM OUR DISTRICT PRESIDENT “Thank You” Thank you. Though a short sentence, thank you is powerful, descriptive, and complete. Thank you for the gift to serve as Western District President and Provincial Elder these past 10 years. We can look forward to wonderful leadership from our newly forming District Board. Together, let’s hold them in […]

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Western District elects new leadership at 2016 Synod

At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District, more than 90 delegates cast their votes for leaders to guide the District through the next four years. The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and […]

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Embraced By Resurrection: Preparing for Western District Synod 2016

NOTE: For information on the 2016 Western District Synod, visit the Synod website: www.2016wdsynod.org It is quite amazing to witness Jesus’ hands at work. Where have you seen his hands at work, of late? Addressing that question is the core work of synod. I continue to be captured by Scripture texts that refer to times […]

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WD News and Notes, March 2016

The Newsletter of the Moravian Church • The Rev. James Hicks, President From Our District President Greetings and peace to you! We have been “Embraced by Resurrection!” For delegates and agency members attending our upcoming Western District Synod on April 28th – May 1st at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center, thank you for registering! […]

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A visit to the heart of the Moravian Church in Nepal

  In December, a group of North American Moravians travelled to Nepal to serve and learn. Brian Stangret and Gwyn Michel offer their thoughts on the trip. Brian: On the first day of Christmas—and after more than a year of planning with Pastor Trina Holmberg and the Board of World Mission—ten of us from congregations […]

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Cutting and sewing to make a difference for girls in Kenya

“We can do this!” I was excited to get our Women’s Fellowship at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Fargo, N.D. involved in helping others. Listening to a presenter from a non-profit group helping girls in Kenya, I realized this was our chance. As we listened a little more, Maureen Hahn said, “I’ll bring my […]

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WD News and Notes, October 2015

From our District President With District Synod around the corner, the District Board recently invited leaders (Joint Boards, Agency Members, Pastors, MWCEC and Synod Delegates) to complete an assessment of the District. We were guided by Holy Cow Consult-ing and utilized Landscape, an assessment tool designed to “gather data and information about the health, well-being […]

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WD News and Notes, September 2015

Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District Healthy Congregations Task Force The Healthy Congregations Task Force is exploring ways to foster congregational health through a newsletter, surveys, and a variety of opportunities and resources. Visit them at healthymoravian congregations.wordpress.com. To get their newsletter, email healthiermoraviancongregation@gmail.com   The Call Process Please hold the Watertown WI congregation […]

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Groundbreaking celebration marks start of a new phase at Marquardt Village

Marquardt Village, a full-service retirement community sponsored by the Western District of the Moravian Church, kicked off a second phase of all-new construction with a groundbreaking ceremony in April. Residents, family members, friends, staff and local dignitaries gathered on the Marquardt Village campus for a groundbreaking ceremony and reception celebrating the start of construction for […]

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“The trick will be…” Bringing the Tricklebee ministry to life

Earlier this year, the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the location for a new emerging ministry under the leadership of The Rev. Christie-Melby Gibbons. After a thorough process of inquiry, research, on-the-ground exploration, prayer and conversation with area colleagues in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee, both Christie and the PEC sensed God […]

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North Dakota Moravians honor a returning soldier with a special service

They say that Christmas comes just once a year. On March 20, 2015, Christmas Eve came again to the Goshen Moravian Church in Durbin, N.D. One of our own church members, Sergeant Michael Jahnke, serving in the U.S. Army, recently returned home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Michael’s […]

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Western District 2015 Camps offer opportunities for youth of all ages

The Moravian Church has been offering youth camps for decades and I think that they have mastered it. This summer, the Western District Camping Ministry offers opportunities for youth of all ages to learn, have fun and experience faith surrounded by God’s creation. Each week’s camp is tailored to the ages of the youth participating, […]

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WD News and Notes • May 2015

Newsletter of the Moravian Church Western District • May 2015 Healthy Congregations The Healthy Congregations Task Force is exploring ways to foster congregational health through a monthly newsletter, surveys, and a variety of resources and opportunities. Go to www.healthymoraviancongregations.wordpress.com to see their resources. To receive their newsletter, email healthiermoravian congregations@gmail.com.   Moravian Women’s Conference The […]

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Minnesota Moravians making a difference in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Metro is Minnesota’s largest urban area, covering St. Paul, Minneapolis and their outlying suburbs, with over 3 million people living in the seven metropolitan counties. By my rough estimate, only 0.0209 percent of these folks are members of the four Moravian congregations of the Metro Area. This represents a small handful of […]

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Christ’s Community Church heeds God’s call to feed local children

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 “Faith without fear” is a truth that God has been teaching us in […]

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Western District News & Notes January 2015

From Our District President “Surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” Psalm 54:4 Offering baskets were full of 2015 Watchwords as we entered worship at West Green Bay last Sunday. Each worshipper was invited to receive one. Later in the service, Pastor Marian Boyle invited ministry leaders in the […]

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Western District News and Notes Dec 2014

Clergy Retreat Spiritual Tools for the Spiritual Journey: Sabbath and Self-Care, Gratitude and Grace A Retreat for Moravian Clergy January 26th – 29th at Mt. Morris Conference Center in Wautoma, WI Do you find yourself living in a survival mode? Do you ever feel defensive, cynical, withered, and weary? This relaxing retreat of solitude and […]

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“Something Beautiful for God” The 2014 Plus 50 retreat

Each year people from around the Western District gather for a long summer weekend at Mt. Morris Camp in Wautoma, Wis. The annual Plus 50 event is an opportunity for the over-50 crowd to enjoy the experience of being campers. The group usually numbers 15–25; this year, our over-50 campers came from Minnesota, California, Indiana […]

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Rudolph Moravian congregation loses church to fire

After more than 80 years as the home of the Rudolph Moravian congregation, the church at 1490 Main St. in Rudolph, Wis., suffered a serious fire on August 26. While Rudolph is one of the smallest congregations in the Northern Province — less than 30 members — it has been a vital, faithful, spirit-filled group […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center Celebrates 50 Years!

Sometimes ministry happens and creates a memorable place. Sometimes a special place helps ministry to come alive. Mt. Morris is both. It is a place like no other. On August 9th, 2014 the Mt. Morris Board and staff hosted a celebration of a place that is both special and memorable. We celebrated… …the people who […]

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